Friday 18 August 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - African leaders agreed on Saturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attend trial at the International Criminal Court if the U.N. Security Council did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia's foreign minister said. Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request the trial be deferred under article 16 of the court's Rome Statute that allows a delay of a year subject to renewal and would request a postponement if that demand was not agreed. "If that is not met what the summit decided is that President Kenyatta should not appear until the request we have made is actually answered," Tedros told journalists, explaining decisions of a meeting to discuss Africa's relations with the...
(CNN 10/14/13)
(CNN) -- The African Union urged the International Criminal Court to postpone cases against sitting leaders as accusations of unfair treatment grow against the war crimes tribunal. Leaders from the 54-nation body gathered in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Saturday to review their relationship with the court based in The Hague, Netherlands. Kenyan and Sudanese presidents face charges at the court, and African leaders have long accused it of unfair treatment. 'Loud and clear'. "Sitting heads of state and government should not be prosecuted while in office and we have resolved to speak with one voice to make sure that our concerns are heard loud and clear," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian foreign affairs minister. The trial...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/14/13)
ADDIS ABABA | (Reuters) - The African Union has backed a call to boost by about a third the number of troops in an African peacekeeping force in Somalia to reinforce a campaign against Islamist militants there who attacked a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The union's Peace and Security Council said 6,235 soldiers and police should be added to the AMISOM peacekeeping force to take its total strength to 23,966 uniformed personnel for a limited period of 18 to 24 months. The council endorsed the recommendations of a review of the force this week and announced its decision on Friday. The decision needs the approval of the U.N. Security Council. AMISOM is made up of troops mainly from Kenya,...
(AL Jazeera 10/14/13)
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is set to launch the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and announce if there is a winner this year of the world's biggest prize for good leadership. Both the IIAG, which assesses the level of governance of each country on the African continent and the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, will be announced on Monday. According to the Foundation, the index provides a framework for citizens, governments, institutions and business to assess the delivery of goods and services, and policy outcomes, across every country on the continent. Most observers are curious about whether the Foundation will announce a winner for the prize, which has only found a recipient three times since being...
(AFP 10/12/13)
ADDIS ABABA, October 12, 2013 (AFP) - African heads of state on Saturday opened a special summit on relations with the International Criminal Court. The African Union meeting is being held to urge the ICC not to prosecute sitting heads of state and defer the trials of Kenya's leadership and Sudan's president. The meeting at the AU headquarters comes amid mounting tensions with the ICC, which has been accused of acting like a neo-colonialist institution that has singled out Africans since being set up as the world's first permanent court to try genocide and war crimes. "The UN security council and the ICC should work with us to enable the elected leadership of Kenya to fulfil their constitutional obligations by...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA | Fri Oct 11, 2013 (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has become a "political instrument", Ethiopia's foreign minister said on Friday, opening a meeting at which Africa will review its ties with the Hague-based war crimes tribunal. Friday's ministerial meeting of the African Union (AU) and a summit on Saturday were called to cast a critical eye over the relationship following ICC cases against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto. Both deny charges that they organized a killing spree after Kenya's disputed 2007 election. Last month, an AU official said the organization would consider a mass withdrawal by the continent's 34 signatories to the court's Rome Statute, though ministers and others have since...
(Bloomberg 10/11/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa’s infrastructure boom will probably draw increased interest from investment banks and commercial lenders, underpinning growth in syndicated loans, the Loan Market Association said. The annual amount of credit in the region organized by groups of lenders grew to $17.7 billion last year from $11.2 billion in 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Syndicated loans total $19.6 billion in the year to date, the data show. African nations are spending $45 billion annually upgrading roads, ports, electricity plants and other infrastructure, according to the African Development Bank. The continent needs to spend $93 billion a year help accelerate economic growth, leaving a financing gap of about $50 billion, the Tunis-based lender said in May. “There is a lot...
(The Associated Press 10/11/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – An African Union official has urged African foreign ministers meeting in Ethiopia not to allow the International Criminal Court to continue treating the continent and "Africans in a condescending manner." The chairman of the Executive Council of the African Union and Ethiopia's Foreign Minister. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. said Friday that far from promoting justice and peace, the ICC has become a political tool used to target Africans. Foreign ministers have gathered at AU headquarters in Ethiopia to deliberate the continent's relationship with the ICC. The ministers' recommendations may be endorsed by African heads of state meeting Saturday. The ICC has come under strong criticism from some African leaders who say it disproportionately targets Africans. The international...
(Dw-World 10/11/13)
If Kenya were to leave the ICC, the consequences could be dramatic. African heads of state and government meet in Addis Ababa for two days of deliberations over future ties with the court. Kenya's presidential spokesman, Manoah Esipisu, displays his diplomatic skills when talking about his country and the Hague-based International Criminal Court. There had been no attempt to win support for his country ahead of the special African Union summit being held in Addis Ababa this Friday and Saturday (11/12. 10.2013), he said. But Kenya was happy to have the opportunity to discuss a matter of such importance for the African continent. This is something of an understatement. In the days leading up to the summit, the Kenyan government...
(24 Tanzania 10/10/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, October 10, 2013 – The African Union (AU) High Representative for the Operationalization of the African Standby Force (ASF), General Sékouba Konaté, today, IN Gaborone, opened the Main Planning Conference of the AMANI AFRICA II Field Training Exercise. (21)EGYPT-SHARM EL-SHEIKH-AU SUMMIT-ASSEMBLY-CLOSING CEREMONYThe three-day Main Planning Conference brings together planners from the AU Commission, the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), the European Union (EU), the United Nations and other partners to strategize on the rollout of the remaining activities under the AMANI AFRICA cycle. The overall objective of the Exercise is to validate the capacity of the AU to mandate and employ a Rapid Deployment Capability (RDC) of the African Standby Force...
(Voice of America 10/09/13)
A summit to determine the combat readiness of the African Union’s (AU) standby force will begin in Botswana’s capital, Gaborone Wednesday, says Major-General Samaila Iliya, the director of the AMANI Africa II exercise. “[It] is going to focus on rapid deployment capabilities, which is part and parcel of the African standby force,” said IlIya. “We are looking at the preparations [for the] field training exercise which is going to take place in October hopefully next year, [which] has to do with the African standby force.” Officials from the military, police and other civilian security experts and planners are scheduled to attend the Wednesday planning conference for the training exercise. Senior AU representatives say the standby force is expected to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/09/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday staunchly defended his decision to order commando raids in Libya and Somalia last weekend, saying the United States would keep targeting al Qaeda-linked groups in Africa but had no intention of going to war there. Speaking at a news conference, Obama said the United States was justified in seizing a senior al Qaeda figure in Tripoli and whisking him out of the country, and he made clear that it likely would not be the last operation of its kind. "Where you've got active plots and active networks, we're going to go after them," Obama said. "We're not going to farm out our defense." Nazih al-Ragye, better known by the cover name...
(AFP (eng) 10/09/13)
CAPE TOWN, October 9, 2013 (AFP) - South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu warned African leaders against leaving the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, saying it would leave the world a "more dangerous place". In an online petition titled "Who will stop the next genocide?", the 82-year-old anti-apartheid hero said that in his lifetime he had seen "great gains made that protect the weak from the strong". He cautioned that "in just two days time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place." The 54-member African Union will meet on Friday to debate a possible withdrawal from the war crimes court over claims that it targets the continent. Adding to growing cautions...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/08/13)
LONDON | (Reuters) - British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline will seek marketing approval for the world's first malaria vaccine next year after trial data showed the shot significantly cut cases of the disease in African children. The vaccine known as RTS,S was found, after 18 months of follow-up, to have almost halved the number of malaria cases in young children in the trial, and to have reduced by around a quarter the number of malaria cases in infants. "Based on these data, GSK now intends to submit, in 2014, a regulatory application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA)," GSK, which has been developing the vaccine for three decades, said in a statement. It added that the United Nations health agency, the Geneva-based...
(CNN 10/08/13)
(CNN) -- Sub-Saharan Africa's economic renaissance is fueling an investment drive by fast food joints looking to tap the continent's growing middle class. The likes of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Domino's pizza are opening up in African growth markets from Nigeria to Angola to give consumers a taste of U.S. cuisine. Elias Schulze, managing partner of The Africa Group, a boutique Africa-focused investment consultancy, said U.S. takeout stores are rapidly becoming "aspirational brands" for cosmopolitan Africans with disposable income. He said: "An upwardly mobile, confident, Western-leaning and young consumer class bodes well for an American burger boom." And the battle for the African market is well underway. This year, Yum! Brands -- owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza...
(BBC News Africa 10/08/13)
Africa has 55 billionaires, far more than previously thought, Nigeria-based Ventures financial magazine says. They include three women - the mother of Kenya's president, a daughter of Angola's president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and fashion designer. The richest man is Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, with a fortune of $20.2bn (£12.5bn), Ventures said. The list is likely to reignite debate about inequality between rich and poor people in Africa, correspondents say. In April, the World Bank said the number of people living in extreme poverty in Africa had risen in the past three decades from 205 million to 414 million. 'Conservative estimate'. A report earlier this month by research group Afrobarometer suggested that economic growth in Africa was primarily benefiting a...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG | Mon Oct 7, 2013 (Reuters) - Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should increase to 5.3 percent next year, with strong private and public investment underpinning the region's robust performance, the World Bank said on Monday. The bank lifted its forecast for 2014 from the 5.1 percent projected earlier this year. The region was expected to grow 5.5 percent in 2015, up from a previous forecast of 5.2 percent, it said in its bi-annual 'Africa's Pulse' report. Growth for this year is forecast at 4.9 percent, higher than last year's 4.2 percent. The figure is more than double the bank's 2.3 percent estimate for global growth in 2013, underscoring the attractiveness of the continent for investors. But African countries could...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
PARIS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - Environmental campaigners WWF filed a complaint on Monday against a British oil company accused of intimidating the local population and endangering wildlife in the oldest nature reserve in Africa. The wildlife charity claims that Soco International's oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo put "people, animals and habitats at risk" and violate international guidelines issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in a complaint to that organisation. "The only way for Soco to come into compliance with the OECD guidelines is for the company to end all exploration in Virunga for good," said Lasse Gustavsson, executive director of conservation at WWF International. "We...
(AFP (eng) 10/07/13)
LAGOS, October 7, 2013 (AFP) - There are far more African billionaires than previously thought, Ventures magazine said Monday in a report on the continent's mega-rich, but the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has also shot up. Previous Africa-rich-lists named as few as 16 billionaires, but Ventures said its exhaustive research had identified at least 55 on a continent where the wealthy often fiercely protect details about their fortunes. The pan-African business magazine said it was able to uncover dozens of new billionaires by using "on-the-ground knowledge" to overcome hurdles that may have "hampered" other researchers. Of the 55, 20 are Nigerian, including several oil barons, while South Africa and Egypt boast nine and eight respectively. Ventures' supported...
(The Associated Press 10/05/13)
CAIRO (AP) — "For too long, many nations, including my own, tolerated, even excused, oppression in the Middle East in the name of stability... We must help the reformers of the Middle East as they work for freedom, and strive to build a community of peaceful, democratic nations." — President George W. Bush in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept. 21, 2004. Almost a quarter-century ago, a young American political scientist achieved global academic celebrity by suggesting that the collapse of communism had ended the discussion on how to run societies, leaving "Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government." In Egypt and around the Middle East, after a summer of violence and upheaval, the discussion,...

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